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17-year-old male allegedly uses ticketing machine to pummel train conductor's face; 2nd conductor tries to help but gets 'thrown around' train'; victims hospitalized

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @von_henrich

A 17-year-old male is accused of using a ticket-issuing machine to repeatedly pummel a Long Island Rail Road conductor in the face earlier this week.

What's more, a second conductor who tried to help also was hit in the face and "thrown around the train," one authority said. Both victims were hospitalized.

What are the details?

The suspect was riding through Brooklyn around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday when two conductors asked him for his ticket, the New York Daily News reported, citing Metropolitan Transportation Authority police.

The teen allegedly refused and took a ticket-issuing machine from one conductor and started hitting him in the face with it, Long Island News 12 said.

News 12 used the following clip in its video report on the attack:

The conductor tried to defend himself but suffered multiple face fractures, Anthony Simon, chairman of the union that represents conductors, told News 12.

"Then the assistant conductor came in and tried to help, then he got hit five or six times in the face as well and thrown around the train," Simon added to News 12.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @von_henrich

Both victims were treated for their injuries at a hospital and then released, News 12 said, adding that one conductor is from Long Island and the other is from Queens.

Police told News 12 the suspect fled the train at the East New York station but was arrested shortly after and charged with two counts of felony assault in the second degree and one count of robbery in the second degree.

The Daily News said it was unclear Thursday if the suspect will be treated as an adult or a juvenile.

“Assaulting conductors who are doing their jobs helping riders get to jobs, health care, and other places they need to go is intolerable, outrageous, and will result in aggressive investigation,” MTA Police chief John Mueller said in a statement, according to the paper.

Mueller added, "Having made a rapid arrest, it is now up to prosecutors to ensure the law is enforced so this violent perpetrator faces consequences, and the victims receive the justice they deserve," according to News 12.

Simon also demanded the teen’s prosecution, the Daily News said: “Two of our conductors were brutally attacked just doing their jobs trying to collect fares on the Atlantic Branch. These assaults must be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible and a ban imposed to send a clear message to all riders that assaulting our members will not be tolerated.”

This story has been updated.

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